COURTS OF PARIS, NAPLES, ETC. 165 beau blondin, that I am afraid to go in a carriage in the dark—presque seuL1 January i8th, 1797. I send you two prints of the present dresses of Paris, done by Vernet's son, and not the least caricatured, however extraordinary they may appear to you. What a change even the two months I have been here have made in dress, manners, &c.! The return of tranquility and diminution of terror in the minds of belles, beaux, and dastardly honnetes gens, who, in fact, deserve no name but that of egotists, have produced a wonderful im- provement and increase of luxury. The quantity of handsome carriages just come out; the circum- stance of servants again getting up behind them, and being better dressed; abb6s and others walking chapeau bas; the men more elegantly and the women more richly habited, strike my eyes as I move about in private and in public. I have this day, for the first time, seen a vinaigrette? 1 M. de B. enquiring of the pretty M. de T. if she was going quite alone into the country, the lady answered, "Presque seule." 2 A species of sedan chair upon two wheels. These vehicles were introduced when all the horses in Paris were put in requisition for the army.